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Ultimate Guide to St. Augustine Restaurants

When most people think of St. Augustine, they conjure up images of legendary history and beautiful beaches, and rightfully so. But one of the greatest things about the Old City is our incredible emerging culinary scene. In fact, Southern Living Magazine recently named St. Augustine “The South’s Best Food Town” – quite an honor considering we were on the bottom of the list just one year before and never mentioned prior. Southern Living couldn’t get enough of St. Augustine, because in 2023 they went even further and named our city the coveted “#1 Small Town in the South”. It is a testament to all of the amazing chefs who have flocked here in recent years to take advantage of the vast resources that coastal North Florida has to offer. From fresh-caught seafood, to home-grown produce, to locally raised livestock, dining in downtown St. Augustine is the epitome of farm (and sea) to table. We are proud to share our knowledge of the local food scene with our guests in order to enhance their St. Augustine vacation experience. Here are some of our favorite historic downtown restaurants right now:

Forgotten Tonic

Forgotten Tonic(opens in a new tab) is a hidden neighborhood gem located in the heart of St. Augustine’s historic art district on Aviles Street, the oldest street in the country! They feature modern twists on freshly prepared American comfort food, an extensive wine list, hand-crafted cocktails & captivating southern hospitality. Owner John Moore and his team are magicians behind the bar and you will find yourself coming back over and over to explore more of the expansive cocktail program. Don’t miss the Fried Green Tomatoes with Citrus Slaw and Blackened Redfish on their dinner menu, prepared perfectly by their expert chefs. In just 4 years Forgotten Tonic has developed such a following that they already purchased and have expanded into the neighboring restaurant to add a second cocktail bar. Forgotten Tonic is also a featured stop on our wine, cocktail & food experience, for one of their incredible desserts paired with your choice of craft cocktail.

Catch 27

We CAN’T STOP eating here! Within cannon fire distance to the Fort and Bayfront is one of downtown St. Augustine’s go-to’s for coastal flavor – Catch 27(opens in a new tab). Everything on the menu is cooked from scratch with seasonal ingredients and local produce. Fish, shrimp and clams are caught in Florida waters and delivered fresh every day. And there are plenty of delicious choices for landlubbers too. The menu constantly changes, but some standards are always available. Try the Deviled Eggs with Fried Oysters, Minorcan Seafood Chowder and Rustic Fish for a true taste of the Old City.

 

Gaufres & Goods

One of our favorites! Gaufre’s and Goods(opens in a new tab) is a family owned and operated Polish and Greek cafe featuring traditional European cooking. Located on beautiful Charlotte Street just south of the plaza, this unassuming corner restaurant is the epitome of homemade cuisine and a guest favorite on our St. Augustine Food Tour. Gaufre’s menu features kielbasa, pierogies, gołąbki, soups, mezze platters, spanakopita, pastries, salads, mussels, pyzy, and much more. Gaufre’s has a wonderful selection of Polish beers and also serves many hot and cold beverages including espresso, cappucino, latte, mocaciano, American coffee, iced tea, lemonade, orange, cherry and currant juices. The Charlotte Street location is quaint, and vacationers and locals alike will find a departure from the cuisine most St. Augustine restaurants offer. The owners are both welcoming and accommodating, making sure each order is special for every customer.

 

The Floridian

A favorite amongst locals, The Floridian(opens in a new tab) is that special restaurant that can cater to all your groups dining needs! They like to call their food “Innovative Southern Fare For Omnivores, Herbivores and Locavores.” They aren’t kidding! Regionally inspired and straight from the farm, their eclectic southern comfort foods are a true St. Augustine dining experience. Enjoy your fried chicken and pork belly while your friend savors their Tofu ‘N Grits or Citrus Beet Salad. Almost any dish can be customized to your dining preference and a large selection of dishes can be prepared gluten free as well. Don’t miss the Pickled Pepper Shrimps on the appetizer menu!

Mojo Old City BBQ

The anytime of day kind of place. We get Mojo’s cravings easily 3 times a week, and they have been a huge hit with our guests on the St. Augustine Wine, Cocktail & Food Experience. MOJO Old City(opens in a new tab) offers smoked meats, scratchmade sides, and one of Florida’s largest curated whiskey collections. Keep your pescatarian friends happy with their daily Fresh Catch, Barbecued Shrimp, or Delta Catfish Platter (we love it blackened!). A super friendly staff and expansive indoor/outdoor dining options makes every visit to Mojo Old City a delight. Their pitmaster Paulie has been part of the team since they first opened in 2003 so you know he’s the real deal! We might head over there right now for some Burnt Ends and the Smoked Turkey sandwich!

 

Meehan’s Irish Pub & Seafood House

Meehan’s Irish Pub & Seafood House in downtown Saint Augustine, FL, is not just a restaurant but an experience, offering guests three distinct dining destinations under one roof. Step into the cozy traditional Irish Pub area, where the atmosphere is warm and welcoming, perfect for enjoying a pint of Guinness and swapping stories with friends. Don’t miss the Rueben Egg Rolls appetizer, which is one of the dishes we serve on our St. Augustine Food Tour! For those craving fresh seafood and stunning waterfront views, Johnny’s Oyster Bar awaits upstairs, complete with a full bar and a fabulous deck overlooking the Matanzas River. Meehan’s has the BEST baked oyster selection, and you can even order a flight to enjoy all 6 flavors! And for a taste of the tropics, venture into the “Backyard” at the Island Cafe & Tropical Bar, where Caribbean-inspired dishes transport you to paradise. No matter which area you choose, you’ll find a menu brimming with traditional Irish fare and signature seafood dishes. From classics like Corned Beef & Cabbage and Fish & Chips to indulgent favorites like Bangers & Mash and the Seafood Tower, there’s something to tantalize every palate. And let’s not forget the mouthwatering burgers, sandwiches, and raw seafood bar, showcasing the best of local flavors. At Meehan’s, the pints are cold, the welcome is warm, and the experience is unforgettable. Whether you’re a local looking for a cozy spot to unwind or a visitor seeking a taste of Ireland with a side of Florida charm, Meehan’s Irish Pub & Seafood House promises a delightful dining adventure for all. Come for the food, stay for the atmosphere, and leave with memories to last a lifetime.

The Drunken Horse

The Drunken Horse in St. Augustine, Florida, is a hidden gem of French culinary excellence, offering a decadent dining experience in an intimate setting. Nestled within the historic district, with palm trees all around, this charming restaurant transports guests to the streets of Saint-Tropez with its romantic ambiance and exquisite cuisine. Indulge in a culinary journey through France with The Drunken Horse’s menu, where classic French dishes are reimagined with a modern twist. From delicate escargot and pan seared foie gras to succulent coq au vin and a mushroom risotto that will make you weak in the knees, each dish is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, showcasing the rich flavors and culinary finesse of French cuisine. Complementing the decadent fare is The Drunken Horse’s impressive wine selection, featuring a carefully curated list of French wines from renowned vineyards. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply looking to pair the perfect glass with your meal, the knowledgeable staff will guide you through the rotating selection to ensure a memorable dining experience. With its intimate ambiance, attentive service, and sumptuous flavors, Drunken Horse invites guests to savor the essence of French culinary artistry right in the heart of St. Augustine.

The Ice Plant

Inside this century-old factory that used to produce – you guessed it – ice, is one of the most talked about restaurants(opens in a new tab) in the state. It shares the historic space with the St. Augustine Distillery (and their FREE tours and tastings), serving hand crafted cocktails made from their fine spirits, along with delicious plates such as their Minorcan Stew and Ricotta Gnocchi. Inspired by the historical period of the early 20th century, they reintroduce their guests to a time where the experience of having a cocktail and a bite to eat was both healthful and enjoyable. They’re focused on the art and craft of mixing exceptional local ingredients in precise measurements to create perfect and unique flavor profiles, using items such as fresh house-pressed juices and a wide assortment of bitters and specially developed syrups, which result in stunning cocktails. Attention is paid to the smallest of details with three different kinds of ice, including a nod to the building’s original use as an ice plant, with a 300 lb block of ice and custom cubes. We can never get enough of their Blue Crab Beignets!

Boat Drinks

Boat Drinks(opens in a new tab) is the newest addition to historic St. George Street, in St. Augustine, FL. They offer a tropical retreat at their historic two story building in the heart of the historic district. They take the “on a boat” approach to cocktails by pouring fresh juices and house made syrups in all of their cocktails. The cocktails are tropical, balanced and an escape in a glass. Since one can’t survive on cocktails alone, the food menu focuses on fresh thoughtfully sourced seafood prepared using recipes developed during their travels throughout the Caribbean, Florida and the Gulf Coast. For seafaring guests, they offer the freshest shellfish and fin-fish, and for landlubbing guests they offer plenty of plant and land based options with recipes developed throughout their travels. Look forward to embarking on a tropical cocktail and culinary journey…come sail away!

 

Barley Republic

Our favorite spot for a late night pint & meal in town! Barley Republic in St. Augustine, Florida, seamlessly blends Irish charm with Southern hospitality, offering a vibrant dining experience that delights the senses. Nestled in the historic district, this beloved gastropub welcomes guests to savor the best of Irish and Southern cuisine in a cozy yet lively atmosphere. As you step inside Barley Republic, you’re greeted by the warm ambiance of exposed brick walls, rustic wooden accents, and dim lighting, inviting you to settle in and unwind. Whether you’re cozying up at the spacious bar, relaxing in a booth, or enjoying the beautiful front porch with outdoor seating, you’ll feel right at home. But it’s not just the atmosphere that sets Barley Republic apart – it’s also the exceptional food and drink offerings. Indulge in hearty Irish stews, traditional shepherd’s pie, and Southern favorites like shrimp and grits, all crafted with care and bursting with flavor. And with an extensive whiskey list to complement your meal, you’re sure to find the perfect pairing for your palate. The experience at Barley Republic doesn’t end with dinner – it’s just getting started. On weekends, head upstairs for live entertainment that will keep you dancing into the night. And if you find yourself craving a late-night bite, fear not – Barley Republic’s late-night menu serves until 12:30 AM every day, ensuring you can satisfy your hunger well into the wee hours. Whether you’re seeking a delicious meal, a lively atmosphere, or a taste of St. Augustine’s vibrant nightlife, Barley Republic delivers an unforgettable experience that captures the essence of this historic city. Come for the food, stay for the fun, and leave with memories to last a lifetime.

 

Nonna’s Trattoria

Nonna’s Trattoria in St. Augustine beckons diners to experience the taste of Italy on America’s oldest street. Nestled in the historic district, this charming Italian eatery offers a cozy and authentic atmosphere where guests can savor traditional flavors with a touch of homemade charm. At Nonna’s, the owner Adamo’s menu boasts classic Italian dishes crafted with the finest ingredients and time-honored techniques passed down from his grandmother. From hearty pasta favorites like Penne a la Bolognese and Shrimp Scampi to succulent meat and seafood entrees such as Chicken Marsala and Grouper Piccata, each dish promises a delightful journey through Italian cuisine. Not to be missed are Nonna’s legendary homemade meatballs, each one the size of a fist, offering a taste of true Italian comfort food. And for dessert, indulge in Tiramisu or their exquisite Limoncello Cake, a sweet and tangy delight that perfectly rounds out the meal. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from Nonna’s carefully curated wine selection, featuring varietals from Italy and beyond. And for those seeking an al fresco dining experience, Nonna’s offers outdoor seating where guests can people-watch and soak in the charm of the historic district on a beautiful evening. With its warm ambiance, attentive service, mouthwatering fare, and delightful outdoor seating, Nonna’s Trattoria promises an unforgettable dining experience that captures the essence of Italian cuisine and the allure of St. Augustine’s oldest street.

 

Treylor Park

Treylor Park, a delightful addition to St. Augustine’s culinary landscape, brings the charm of Savannah, Georgia, to Florida’s historic coast. Founded on the principle of “Quality Over Quantity,” this restaurant group prioritizes excellence in every aspect of the dining experience. Located in the heart of St. Augustine, Treylor Park invites guests to savor a unique blend of Southern comfort food and creative culinary twists in a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. Whether dining indoors amidst eclectic decor or soaking up the sunshine on the outdoor patio, patrons are treated to a memorable meal crafted with quality ingredients and attention to detail. The menu at Treylor Park is a testament to culinary innovation, featuring mouthwatering dishes that push the boundaries of traditional Southern cuisine. From indulgent starters like PB&J Chicken Wings to hearty entrees such as Chicken and Pancake Tacos, each dish is a delightful surprise for the taste buds. But the experience doesn’t end with the food – Treylor Park’s commitment to quality extends to its beverage offerings as well. From seasonal cocktails to craft beers, every drink is expertly crafted with quality in mind, ensuring a refreshing accompaniment to any meal. With its laid-back vibe, friendly service, and lively atmosphere, Treylor Park is the perfect spot to gather with friends and family for a memorable meal. And for those beautiful days in St. Augustine, outdoor seating offers the perfect setting to soak up the sun while enjoying exceptional food and drinks. Whether you’re stopping in for brunch, lunch, or dinner, Treylor Park promises a dining experience that’s as unique and unforgettable as the city it calls home.

 

St. Augustine Fish Camp

St. Augustine Fish Camp, the newest venture from renowned restaurateurs behind beloved dining destinations like Marker 32, Palm Valley Fish Camp, and others, is a seafood lover’s paradise nestled along the picturesque San Sebastian River. Boasting a full bar and an extensive selection of fresh seafood dishes, St. Augustine Fish Camp promises a dining experience that’s as memorable as it is delicious. From succulent shrimp and oysters to gator bites to mouthwatering fish tacos and signature seafood platters, every dish is crafted with the finest ingredients and expert culinary skill. But it’s not just the food that makes St. Augustine Fish Camp a must-visit destination – it’s also the stunning waterfront setting. Outdoor seating overlooking the San Sebastian River provides the perfect backdrop for a leisurely meal, with breathtaking views of the sunset casting a golden glow over the water. Whether you’re craving classic seafood favorites or eager to explore innovative culinary creations, St. Augustine Fish Camp delivers a dining experience that captures the essence of coastal living. Come for the food, stay for the views, and leave with memories to last a lifetime.

 

River & Fort

Nestled in the heart of St. Augustine, River & Fort offers a captivating dining experience that combines breathtaking views with expertly crafted cocktails. As the second project from the family behind the acclaimed River & Post in Jacksonville, this restaurant is a testament to Southern hospitality and culinary innovation. Perched across three levels, including a stunning rooftop patio, River & Fort provides diners with unparalleled vistas of the historic Castillo de San Marcos, the serene Matanzas River, and the vast Atlantic Ocean beyond. Whether you’re sipping cocktails under the stars or soaking in the sunshine during the day, the panoramic views create an unforgettable backdrop for any occasion. But it’s not just the views that steal the show at River & Fort – it’s also the cocktails. Each libation is meticulously crafted by skilled mixologists, blending premium spirits with fresh ingredients and creative flair. From classic favorites to innovative creations, the cocktail menu offers something to tantalize every palate. Pair your cocktails with a selection of dishes inspired by Southern continental cuisine, featuring locally sourced seafood, succulent steaks, and seasonal ingredients. Whether you’re indulging in a romantic dinner for two or gathering with friends for a night out, River & Fort promises an unparalleled dining experience that celebrates the best of St. Augustine’s culinary scene and scenery.

 

DJ’s Clam Shack

DJ’s Clam Shack, a beloved culinary treasure founded in Key West, has brought its renowned seafood delights to St. Augustine with a new location that opened in 2023. As a proud partner on our St. Augustine Food Tour, DJ’s Clam Shack offers a vibrant dining experience that captures the essence of coastal cuisine. Famed for their mouthwatering lobster rolls, DJ’s Clam Shack has quickly become a favorite among locals and visitors alike. While their lobster rolls are legendary, our personal favorite is the garlic shrimp roll – a delightful concoction of juicy shrimp cooked with garlic, white wine, and butter, served on a buttery, toasted bun. The restaurant features a beautiful outdoor patio, providing a relaxed and inviting setting to enjoy your meal. On weekends, the ambiance is elevated with live music, making it the perfect spot to unwind and savor the flavors of the sea. True to their motto, DJ’s Clam Shack is the place “Where Northern and Southern Seafood Meet,” offering a unique blend of flavors that delight the palate. Whether you’re a seafood lover or simply looking for a great place to enjoy fresh, delicious fare, DJ’s Clam Shack in St. Augustine promises an unforgettable dining experience that celebrates the best of what coastal cuisine has to offer.

 

Bourbon & Boards

Bourbon & Boards, located at the corner of King and Aviles streets in St. Augustine, stands as a culinary beacon for bourbon enthusiasts and charcuterie connoisseurs alike. Part of the Dining At The Plaza restaurant group, which includes Ancient City Brunch Bar and Ancient City Cooking Experience, this establishment offers a unique dining experience that celebrates the art of bourbon, charcuterie, and live music. As the name suggests, Bourbon & Boards boasts the largest selection of bourbon in St. Augustine, making it a haven for whiskey aficionados seeking rare and unique finds. From smooth single malts to robust small-batch bourbons, the bar is stocked with an impressive array of spirits sure to please even the most discerning palates. But Bourbon & Boards is more than just a whiskey bar – it’s also a destination for elevated charcuterie boards that showcase the finest artisanal meats, cheeses, and accompaniments. Whether you’re craving a classic selection of cured meats and aged cheeses or prefer to indulge in specialty items like seared scallops and steak, each board is expertly curated to tantalize the taste buds and elevate the dining experience. In the evenings, Bourbon & Boards comes alive with the sounds of live music, providing the perfect backdrop for guests to unwind and enjoy the ambiance. Whether you’re sipping bourbon, savoring charcuterie, or tapping your toes to the rhythm of the music, Bourbon & Boards promises an unforgettable dining experience that celebrates the finer things in life.

 

Michael’s

Michael’s(opens in a new tab) is located on the scenic Calle Cuna, in the heart of Historic Downtown St. Augustine. The building began as the Buchanti House that dates back to 1764. Michael’s menu changes seasonally, created by focusing on Steaks and Coastal Spanish Inspired Cuisine with influence from the finest local ingredients. The restaurant’s casually elegant approach brings together friendly hospitality with a dedicated focus on impeccable guest service. Michael’s has received numerous honors and accolades, and The Wine Spectator has awarded Michael’s wine list it’s Award of Excellence for eleven years in a row. Start with the Cast Iron Shrimp and prepare to be wowed by the size of the Smoked Heritage Pork Chop!

Collage

When dining at Collage(opens in a new tab), be prepared for a first-class, award-winning experience. The menu reflects the eclectic tastes of owners Mike Hyatt and Cindy Stangby and focuses on fresh local seafood, steaks, lamb and veal, using international flavor profiles. Located just a block off of St. George Street in the heart of the historic district, dishes are prepared from scratch using the finest and freshest ingredients available. As much as possible they use fish from local waters and produce from nearby farms. While they are not afraid to try something new, most of their dishes are original recipes that have been developed over the years. Our current obsession is the New Zealand Rack of Lamb…..order the whole rack!

 

Columbia Restaurant

Columbia Restaurant in St. Augustine, Florida, stands as a culinary icon deeply rooted in history and tradition. Established in 1905 in Ybor City, it is the oldest continuously operated restaurant in Florida, serving up a taste of Spanish and Cuban heritage for over a century. This location is set within a historic building adorned with elegant decor and old-world charm, the Columbia Restaurant offers an immersive dining experience. Guests can indulge in a menu rich with flavorful Spanish and Cuban dishes, including signature paellas, tapas, and savory sangrias. Beyond its delectable cuisine, the Columbia Restaurant boasts a fascinating history. Founded by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez Sr., the restaurant has remained in the hands of the Hernandez family for five generations. Make sure to check out the fun family portraits in the downstairs dining room! Over the years, it has evolved into a beloved landmark, drawing locals and tourists alike to savor its culinary delights and soak in its timeless ambiance. Today, the Columbia Restaurant continues to uphold its legacy of excellence, serving as a testament to the enduring allure of Spanish and Cuban cuisine in the heart of St. Augustine.

 

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille(opens in a new tab), established in 1987, serves the very best of southern, cajun and creole flavors in classic and modern dishes. Live music and one of the friendliest teams in town make the ambiance here second to none! Founded by Louis and Greg Saig, the original store had about 20 stools and a very limited raw bar menu. It was by chance that the first menu items were influenced by a couple fellas from Louisiana. These bold flavors and unique ingredients made a lasting impression on the development of the menu that you still see today. Louis and partner Jesse Jabot along with incredible general managers, managers and staff at every level; strive toward always providing quality food and impeccable service all at a great value. The Louisiana Fondeaux is decadent and the Andouille Crusted Grouper is not to be missed!

 

 

The Raintree

Another uptown and local favorite. You know a restaurant is doing something right when team members have worked there for 20+ years! Since opening in 1981, The Raintree(opens in a new tab) continues to be recognized nationally and internationally as one of Florida’s top destination restaurants. The intercontinental menu blends Mediterranean, American and Asian cuisine. From the Canadian Lobster and Argentinian Chorizo in their exquisite Paella to the Chilean Sea Bass finished in a Japanese-style panko crust…to the Beef Wellington which is a favorite dish with the St. Augustine locals! Every time we go we find a new favorite dish, and currently you must go and try the Veal San Marco!

Sunday Gathering Table

Located in a beautiful home north of the City Gate that is shared with artist Jenna Alexander, Sunday Gathering Table is a truly unique experience. This restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch so make sure you arrive by 2 pm if you want to try some of their amazing dishes. The menu includes delicious items like shakshuka, root vegetable hash, eggs benedict, smoked salmon toast, and Croque Madame. Coffee is served in a French Press at the table which makes pouring that second glass super easy and convenient. The team is also famous for their sourdough loaves that are prepared daily. Enjoy it with one of your brunch dishes, or take a loaf home with you…if there are any left!

 

 

 

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